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convention. >> david maraniss began researching and writing his tenth book "barack obama: the story" in 2009. he traveled around the world in the his research including trips to to kenya, indonesia, hawaii, kansas and chicago. booktv documented the kenya trip with the author. next, david maraniss sits down with booktv to discuss his book. we show you extensive video from his trips throughout the program. this portion of the program is about an hour and a half. >> author david maraniss has been researching and writing his tenth book, "barack obama: the story." for this project "the washington post" associate editor and pulitzer prize winner traveled across the world to kansas, indonesia, kenya, hawaii, new york and chicago. david maraniss spoke with relatives of president obama in kenya and discovered the president's african ancestral history. he toured the houses where young barack obama lived in indonesia and found the kansas family homes and sites where his mother's family began. and for the next few hours, david maraniss joins booktv to discuss his latest book "barack obama: the story." a
obama, and his challenger, mitt romney. that is the chinks of the second term on too many presidents. 27 of 19 presidents -- only seven of 19 presidents elected to a second term avoid having a troubled or failed second term. that would give the country about a 30% chance of obama and the nation experiencing an improved security of economic climate. after four years if obama is reelected. i do not suggest that the gamble should not be taken. simply, that history into playing with politics might give us pause. so what does history predicted about a second term for barack obama lacks were he reelected with so few presidents having success at that time in office. what are the challenges that face those who have trouble or failed second terms, and what about others to succeed? and ken barack obama overcome these challenges if he is reelected to become a member of that select group of presidents that waded through the quagmires of second terms come and somehow came through relatively unscathed? success in a second term does not imply that there were not failures, or significant stumbles. some
, the daughters of the president malia obama, sasha obama. [cheering and applause] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [patriotic music playing] [cheering and applause] ♪ [patriotic music playing] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] ♪ [inaudible conversations] ♪ [patriotic music playing] [chanting obama] ♪ ♪ ladies and gentlemen, biden, assistant secretary of the senate, and deputy clerk of the house of representatives, robert reeves. ♪ [applause] ♪ [cheering and applause] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] ladies and gentlemen, the first lady of the united states of america, mrs. michelle obama, accompanied by secretary nancy, and house of representatives -- [inaudible] [cheering and applause] [cheering and applause] ♪ [cheering and applause] ♪ [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] ♪ ♪ ♪ [inaudible conversations] [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible] [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] [chanting] ♪ ♪ ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the unite
a slow. [laughter] .. >> i've had the privilege to work on a close basis with president obama. i watched him, the most difficult challenges that a person could face. i watched him do this with brilliance, with patience, and with courage, wisdom, and kindness. for which i have learned a great deal. so, mr. president, i toast and pray for you, your wonderful family, and our great country. four more successful years, barack obama. [inaudible conversations] >> michelle and the speaker of the house came to a meeting of the minds that i may be delaying the proceedings too much. i'm just going to be extraordinarily brief and say thank you. to my vice president, who has not only been an extraordinary partner, but an extraordinary friend, and to dr. joe biden who has partnered with my wife with an extraordinary generosity on behalf of our men and women in uniform, to the entire cab innocent that's here, i'm grateful to you. some of you are staying, and some of you are leaving, but i know the extraordinary sacrifices that you and my team have made to try to advance the cause of progress in this co
of hope and change. the obama administration was going to be that transcendent administration that brought us all together. that is why barack obama earns the white house because he said he was going to be the great uniter. remember the beautiful inaugural address is glorious where he said to conservatives, i want to listen to you, especially when we disagree. nice coming beautiful idea. he was going to meet with conservatives in congress once a week. i was a great idea. he met twice. so three days after the speech, conservatives in congress came and had a meeting and eric cantor reticulated conservative to run increasing taxes. that we shouldn't do that. you know what obama said three days after? he said eric, i want, you must come i trump you on that. a week later he said i want the folks who got us into this mess to do a whole lot less talking and a lot more listening. you can talk a little, but he wants you to stand beside mine so we cleaned this up for you. unbelievable, condescending notion of unifying the country, bringing us together. instead kansas city mantra of attack and vilify
president obama first asked me to do this job we had a lot of work ahead of us. we were facing the greatest economic crisis in over a generation and our infrastructure was in desperate need of repair but president obama had a vision. a vision of an america built to last. over the last four years we have made unprecedented investments in our nation's transportation system. i have personally visited over 200 cities in america. meeting with local leaders and delivering on what they have told us they needed. we've put people to work on our roads, on our bridges, on our rails in communities big and small. i have visited every state and 15 countries. and i think as a result of the work that we've done that our team has done, with many of you in this room as partners, we have made it easier to ride a bike, hop on a train, or catch a bus. in fact i'm thrilled to tell you about our new streamlined approach for the new starts competitive grant program. in 2010 we made a commitment and a promise to change the way we rated and evaluated capital transit projects so that more good ideas could get into th
damaging to american interests. as a candidate that can take us in it not president obama thing seemed to really understand appeared to type about it creatively during the campaign. he pledged about two notches withdraw american troops from iraq, the change would be called the american mindset that gotten us into the strategic to go invading iraq in place. he pledged to really change america's middle east policy. instead, the obama administration has pursued the same so supposes that is predecessors, the same that inflicts damage to america's strategic position. it covers out, the obama administration today is not just presiding over his called middle east peace process. the very demise of the nice features solution to the israeli-palestinian conflict. of the obama administration intervention in libya was able to overthrow moammar gadhafi, if not incubating in libya at a significant threat to american security interests. as we detail in our book, "going to tehran," the obama administration has gone beyond and threatening the islamic republic to do something which argued even more dange
, barack obama, and all of those people who join him in his efforts to make real your vision, the vision of a world of justice, righteousness and pea peace. today we ask god's blessing, too, on the leader of this auspicious group, democratic nationadebbiewasserman schultz,e democratic national committee, and her officers. made their deeds wheeled morality and peace in our world. lord, we call you by many different names, and you speak to us in many different ways. look with favor upon all of us on this day. bless us as one. we pray as this almost dead. made a holy want to establish the work of our hands, and may the work of our hands established the holy one in our world. amen. >> amen. [applause] >> thank you, rabbi schwartzman. now i'd like to recognize alexis herman. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. thank you so much. and i am so very pleased to announce after yesterday's glorious inauguration and perhaps a late-night celebration that 317 democratic national committee members have registered in person for this meeting, and where 47, for a total 364 out of 460 members. so yes, madam
. the administration, the obama administration a few years ago when we were in the throes of trying to figure out what we were going to do about health care, they used to quote some data, that $70 billion in 2008 was spent on oncology drugs and somewhere between 20 and 25 billion had no impact on the patient. so if we were to spend three billion in these amazing test capabilities to pick the 25 billion that wasn't going to respond, you save the overall health care costs. so we really are looking at these game-changing technologies to improve the overall cost of care. the beauty of these is it really is the's tense of personalized -- the essence of personalized medicine. if we can more effectively take your dna and we can identify the nuances of your specific disease and get the right treatment to you sooner, we don't practice trial and r record medicine that's typically practiced in our community today, and you can read every analyst that analyzes the health care community will give you numbers all over the board. but it's hundreds of billions of dollars wasted on trial and error medicine. and more sp
-president obama then seemed to really understand this. he talked about it courageously during the campaign. he pledged to not just withdraw american troops from iraq, but to change what he called the american mindset that had gotten us into the strategic mistake of invading iraq in the first place. he pledged to really change america's middle east policies. but instead the obama administration has pursued the same sorts of policies as its predecessors, the same policies that did such damage to america's strategic position. as a result, for example, the obama administration today is not just presiding over a stalled middle east peace process, it is presiding over the very demise of a two of state solution to the israeli/palestinian conflict. and while the obama administration's military intervention in libya was able to overthrow moammar gadhafi, it is now incubating in libya a senate threat to american security -- a significant threat to american security interests. and as we detail in our book, "going to tehran," the obama administration has gone beyond the bush administration in threatening
conference at 2:30 eastern with live coverage on c-span. this is ahead of a speech president obama will give on immigration policy tomorrow in las vegas. and wanted to tell you a little bit more about some of the new members of the 113th congress from massachusetts. democratic elizabeth warren, who defeated incumbent senator scott brown, was an early advocate for the formation of the consumer financial protection bureau and is the first woman to represent massachusetts in the senate. over in the house, joseph kennedy will represent the state's 4th district. he's the grandson of former u.s. attorney general and presidential nominee robert f. kennedy. ♪ ♪ >> if we turn away from the needs of others, we align ourselves with those forces which are bringing about this suffering. >> the white house is a bully pulpit, and you ought to take advantage of it. >> obesity in this country is nothing short of a public health crisis. >> i think i just had little antennas that went up and told me when somebody had their own agenda. >> so much influence in that office, it'd be just a shame to waste it. >
. >> several live events to tell you about today on our companion network, c-span3. president obama, first lady michelle obama, vice president biden and his wife, jill biden, will attend the national prayer service at washington national cathedral at 9:45 a.m. eastern. at 1:30 p.m. eastern the house ways and means committee holds a hearing on debt and deficit reduction. examining the history of the debt limit, how past congresses have dealt with the him and whether the constitution provides options to the executive branch when the debt limit is reached. the house is expected to vote wednesday on increasing the nation's current debt limit of nearly $16.5 trillion. >> c-span, created by america's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. [applause] >> next, a discussion about gun violence and gun control measures. chicago mayor rahm emanuel was joined by ohio representative stephen latourette at an event hosted by the university of chicago's institute of politics. former nbc nightly news anchor tom brokaw moderated the discussion. it's about an hour
thoughtful readers that i read shortly after the election of president obama discussed the possibility that now finally we can move forward because they recognize this nation is capable of not only embracing blacks as americans, but electing a black man to be the leader of the most powerful nation on the planet. so i was hopeful, but it didn't last long. it's a lot of things like that that pop up. it had it not more theory than actual practical meaning. >> host: in your view, does the republican party have a responsibility to reach out to african-americans? >> guest: yes, they do. i think they fail to be quite honest. i was disappointed to hear that representative alan west from florida had a meeting on capitol hill with a group of black conservatives and invited the national committee and they didn't show out. by the pragmatic side of me understands they feel that they're going to invest time in building an electoral coalition, they probably are went to get a whole lot out of work in the black community. it is a person the political arena as they are very much into a return on investm
. for example, in april of 2012 john brennan asked to speak here to describe the legal -- around the obama administration drone program. the very thoughtful public discussion we had that day may have helped generate the administration simply be published counterterrorism playbook. we also hosted a national conversation last fall with cyber czar keith alexander, senator susan collins and anthony romero who is head of the aclu, and how to bring the public into the very difficult discussion on cyber. we addressed a range of issues and will cover some of this again today from privacy to the role of the department of homeland security. all of the participants in that national conversation, i know our secretary does, too, cyberattacks pose a potential catastrophic threat to u.s. infrastructure. i met janet napolitano of long ago. she knows what's coming. when she was a young associate in a phoenix law firm. she claims that she had a perm, but i have no memory. [laughter] since then she has been a u.s. attorney, ma attorney general of arizona, governor of arizona, first woman to chair the nationa
president obama -- he has yet to really make a mark. he has had a couple of interesting once. shovel-ready is really his. it's hard to find that anywhere. in the first harp he said we have projects that are shovel-ready. snowmaggedon is his. that was a totally spontaneous and monster snowstorm that came through here. he leaves the white house and everything is shut down. he gets to the built in hotel to give an address and he looks out and he says this is snowmaggedon. the other one that is his too in 2011 he used the term sputnik moment. it came up up in his state of the union saying this country needed a challenge, an outside moment that would regenerate our interest in research and development and in education. the sputnik launch in 1957. it may been to a younger generation to defuse because sputnik is probably not as -- as it is to the older generation but i was pretty clever. most of his slogans were not really caught on. the first summer he was in wishing to and he said, and it's a strange construct but he said in august this is the time when the shinki and becomes more -- an
that. put the time obama talk explicitly about race. >> that a powerful moment is the first black president talks the least about race. it is the third and fourth and fifth rail. , part of what he tried to do was say let me say something that will bring people together then i won't have to bring it up again. the americans are so fatigued about race, resistant that to bring up that too often they will disqualify from the highest office in the land. but there are ways to address with differences that down to invoke race. but we don't have to have race specific programs to have race equality. but the irony is prepositioned the you would qualify yourself. of so that means he could negotiate this incredibly difficult scenario to stand for the racial possibilities but that would define disqualification. >> host: are white americans particularly oversensitive or to careful about the race card? >> guest: we are all sensitive. but i feel like the difference is often there is a way you can imagine what america in say get over race and move on. we don't have to wallow in what is so perniciou
of power; obama in the white house, democrats in control of the senate, republicans of the house. but appearances can be deceiving and in this case are. the most important reality of the election is that the republican effort to oppose anything and everything proposed by obama almost like a parliamentary party was not rewarded. taking the debt ceiling hostage was not rewarded, calling the obama health care plan -- which was their own only a few years earlier -- socialism was not reward withed. rewarded. that means they have to begin to rethink themselves and, importantly, democrats will not automatically embrace the same tactics in opposition. so i think that was the important change that creates a new dynamic not that's going to solve our problems. there's going to be no sitting around the campfire in washington making nice to one another. but the possibility now exists for a real effort and a successful effort to deal with our most pressing problems. >> host: two familiar washington faces, thomas mann and norm ornstein. "it's even worse than it looks." this is booktv on c-span2
wants to know is how does our present president, president obama, what has he tone that's interesting? he's yet to really make a mark. he's not done -- he's done a couple interesting ones. shovel-ready is really his. it's hard to find that anywhere in the first t.a.r.p., he said we've got projects that are shovel ready. sonoma get done's his. ing he -- that was a totally spontaneous, this was in the 2011, the monster snowstorm that came through here, and he gets, he leaves the white house, and he gets to -- everything's shut down, the whole city's shut down. he gets to a hotel to give an address, and he looks out and says this is snowmageddon. the other one that's his, too, i think in 2011 he used the term sputnik moment. we came up -- in his state of the union special saying this country needed a challenge, an outside moment that would regenerate our interest in research and development and in education and stuff, as had the sputnik launch in the 1957. it may have been to a younger generation it may have been too diffuse, because sputnik is probably not as big a thing as it is to an
's clear that president obama, when he says we're going to bring people to justice, even if it takes some time, he means what he says. the fbi is conducting an investigation, what actions are taken will be determined in the future. >> what is the united states governments position? >> again, i'm not going to prejudge what the fbi determines. we know that there are al qaeda related organizations, as we saw from the pictures that were held up throughout the region, including eastern libya. we know people like we saw with the recent attacks in algeria likes to associate themselves with al qaeda, but we got to be careful about what that means. poor al qaeda has been severely the pleaded coming out of afghanistan and pakistan. what we're getting with now is jihadists who have been associate with al qaeda, with gains and socially very serious combat experience, coming back to the countries that are left in order to go wage jihad in central asia. so whether they call themselves al qaeda or boko haram or on sasha rearick, they are all part of the same global jihadists movement. there may be diffe
set leaders discussed their agenda for the 113th congress. president obama and vice-president biden attend the national prayer service at the washington national cathedral. .. we will holdfast for a strong . >> it passed on a bipartisan basis here. it is an important piece of legislation that has expired. we must pick up the farm bill. which is a revolutionary piece of legislation that will save the country up to $24 billion. we will again take things up for the united states postal service and make things whole. also the victims of hurricane sandy. these were debated in the senate. we have to take prevent costumes and preventions before another hurricane sandy. thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed in new york, new jersey, and new england, and 10,000 americans were left homeless. we have a responsibility to rebuild their lives and their communities. as we have done with those who are victims of fire and other natural disasters and other parts of the nation. we will consider changes to the senate rules. because this is a matter of additional debate, we reserve the right o
of the second term. our first major event here at brookings in the second term. and yesterday president obama's second inaugural address has already called a manifesto for liberalism, bolstered his supporters on a range of issues, and his credits are already complaining he is preaching to the choir, or worse, that he reaffirmed the worst feelings, that he is a socialist. and president obama anticipated that criticism by putting his talk into the context of his include ongoing skepticism of central authority, and calling it a fiction that all societies ill can be served through government alone. and as the u.s. looks around the world today, president obama highlighted a few big challenges, asia, africa, latin america and the middle east. but, frankly, americans are used to trouble in those places. but for the last three years for the first time since the end of the cold war, europe has been a major challenge. and perhaps for the first time since the end of world war ii, western europe is a major challenge. particularly the eurozone. there are many to blame for this, but certainly a spotlight h
accommodation for transitioned. the goal of the obama administration and the international community is to effect some kind of orderly transition. now it's complicated by the fact that now a second envoy has been engaged after kofi annan's and our intense -- in intransigence. i've had personal conversations prior to being nominated as the secretary with the minister lavrov, which indicated a russian willingness to in fact see the president assad leaves, but they have a different sense of the timing and the manner of that. so, our hope, my hope would be that if confirmed, and when i get in there, to have an ability to take the temperature of these different players can get a sense of sort of where it is, but we have to increase, i think, the ability of the opposition -- strike that, we have to increase their readiness of the president assad to see the die is cast, the handwriting is on the wall to be able to make the judgment here but will save lives and hold the state together in a transition. >> thank you putative i might inclosing it is my view that these admirable diplomatic effor
sustainable fuel. not overnight, but over time. >> as president obama does enough in terms of environmental regulation? >> president obama has worked hard to make progress, but there's a lot more to be done. president obama worked hard with the automakers to double the fuel efficiency of our cars by 2025. that is going to save consumers $100 a year at the pump. that's good progress. in opportunity he has for a second term is to go ahead and reduce the carbon from our source which is coal-fired power plant. we need to reduce its carbon emissions and epa's position to issue standards that can make a lot of progress in that. >> you read about 2010 house of representatives in 20 told his any different. what do you think? >> is fundamentally unchanged election. we have democrats and republicans will reach across sail to find common ground around ways to go to climate change. which is finish the hottest summer on record in this country. 60% of our pastureland, ranchers liquidating cattle herds from the rocky mountains to the ohio river valley. we hope people of goodwill, leaders from both heartie
of responders. it was called the most urgent need and obama noted the six teams in all speeches. the head a joint task force haiti's said the morning after hundreds of thousands would be extracted. said training exemplified the death -- a vances. heat seeking devices and rescue dogs and microphones. new center and journalist made sure there would not miss a single survivor. a single survivor was is an earthquake in reverse. the tone took on a religious tinge. then york rescue squad pulled out to rebels. said governor schwarzenegger said "many of us revel to watch the california rescuers live on television performing miracles quote for the first team to reach heydey was dispatched from u.n. headquarters and pulled out an estonian bodyguard with minor injuries. at the supermarket we once bought $10 boxes of cereal mostly foreigners were inside when it fell. the general, head of military response "the hotel montana had six teams alone because of the number of people trapped. the places where ordinary haitians lived and worked for those who had cast the numbers had less attention. one hill ov
you think? >> i think somebody is an idiot. there was a big debate about this when obama was selected by the democrats. the idea is that we are beyond noticing or thinking about issues of race. i guess that's what that means. and obviously we aren't. i mean, there are too many things that happen. even the presence of obama and the white house himself and his family raises questions for some people so that while we may be on the way sunday to be post racial, i think it's fair to say that we are not now. >> to you have a relationship? >> no. >> justice for all. mary frances berry. her most recent book. professor at the university of pennsylvania. former chairwoman and u.s. commission on civil rights. here is a history of the u.s. commission on civil rights. mary frances berry on book tv on c-span2. >> you're watching c-span2 with politics and public affairs weekdays featuring live coverage of the u.s. senate. weeknights want to keep public policy events. every weekend though it is nonfiction authors and books on book tv. you can see past programs and get our schedules at our website. yo
. mcconnell: president obama may have been vague on details in his inaugural speech on monday, but i'll give him this -- he couldn't have been clearer about the tone and the direction that he has in mind for the second term. gone is the post-partisan rhetoric that propelled him onto the national stage and into the white house. in its place an unabashedly left-wing appeal for more bureaucratic control and centralized power here in washington. on monday, we saw a president and a party that appeared to have shifted into reverse and jammed on the gas. for democrats in the obama age, the era of big government being over is officially over, and anybody who disagrees with their approach isn't just wrong. they're not just standing in the way of progress. they are malevolent. they are the bad guys. they are the ones who want to take food away from children. they want the old and the infirm to suffer. they want to choose between caring for the people who built this country, as the president put it on monday, and investing in those who will build our future. now, i don't know if the president r
mcconnell. this is 10 minutes. >> mr. president, today with the second inauguration of president obama,r eve there is prominenceh prosperity for every american. like martin luther king junior, whose birth that we also celebrated yesterday. stepn even when you don't see the whole staircase, we have faith that the members of the 113tho congress will realize the promise of prosperity. ill be chd not by our divisions but by renewed cooperation and compromise. i urge every woman and man fortunate enough serve in this chamber to remember it is possible to hold fast to your principles while making compromises necessary to move our country forward. democrats will hold fast to the guiding principle that a strong middle class and an opportunity for every american to enter the middle class is the key to this nation's success. democrats will stand strong. strong with a standard of balance and will remain resolute in pursuit of fairness for all americans regardless of where they were born, regardless of their religion or their sexual orientation. those principles will direct our course as we introduce ou
four years or president obama's second term in the white house. then kevin locks at the safe gay rights in the u.s. after that the agricultural department and reporter charles of reuters discuss the effect of the ongoing drought is having on the u.s. economy and food prices. plus, your e-mails, phone calls, and tweets. washington journal live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. >> one of the key themes, of course, for any exhibition on the civil wars are the abolition and e mans nation. we are fortunate that they came of age what they did. between the two of them, they make issues around e mans passion and abolition. issues around human rights and american freedom on a general nonrace specific level. ly go through every piece of include that johnson puts in the picture. i'll summarize by saying for you pay attention to the top half as well as the bottom half. what you get is a white cat in the bedroom window and dark skin black woman holding a child. there's a ladder and a fabric coming out the other. there's a way in and out without being seen. there's a rooster up here. roosters have a ha
caucus lining up for that. >> host: that quote from obama somewhere in california where he says that as a result of cap and trade, gasoline didn't necessarily skyrocket. that has been recycled. he was being honest. has to go up with you put a price on carbon. but that has come back to bite him over and over and over again. on subsidies. let's talk about that, subsidizing gasoline. lee raymond has a disdain for the crutch that renewables need to be economic and exxonmobil was company who seems to loathe any kind of crutches. unless they want them for their own. >> host: so the crutches that oil has, a huge debate in congress, and the president is pushing to end tax breaks that oil companies have enjoyed, and they make these enormous profits, why should they continue to have them. did that come in your conversation with raymond at all? pointing out a little bit of hypocrisy there. >> guest: i seal this stale made around the subsidies question. i don't feel like i quite know what to think about it. basically there are some tax breaks that oil companies alone get about how the oil i
what was served at dinner, what michelle obama worry, who was there -- wore, who was there, what was senator so and so really like, who was a jerk, who was really neat, what obama said to you when you shook his hand and how that spoon managed to fall into your jacket? [laughter] well, here's the difference, we'll text someone, and we won't describe the ambience, the music, we'll just say obama cool, whatever senator a jerk, so and so. two hundred years ago we would compose several lengthy letters. you know, we know what the weather was on certain days during george's life because he took notice of the weather. we know how many hogs and heads of cattle he slaughtered in a particular day because he wrote it all down. today i think we're losing a lot of this. so the internet provides a great way for all of us to do our research. the internet provides a way of connecting people, but it also, you know, we could be losing a lot of this. so historians in another hundred years, i think, are going to have a rough time. plus today we seem to be extra cog any be santa of the impact of a dam
is not an option. the obama administration provided financial incentives for paying and promoting teachers. proponents rightfully point out that they are huge potential improvement over systems of which all teachers are paid according to the uniform summer schedule that gives zero way to any measure of performance in the classroom. on the other hand, many experts have warned of these can teacher assessment data have large margins of error and can deliver misleading results. the union representing new york teacher spent more than $100,000 on a news paper added a campaign built around the headline this is no way to write a teacher. opponents argue that the value added assessments create false precision that would be of use by parents and public officials who do not understand the limitations of this kind of investment. this is a case where everybody is right up to a point. the results were giving teacher often based on a single test taken on a single day by a single group of students. all kinds of factors can be to random fluctuation. the correlation in performance from year to year were a s
washington bureau chief david corn. his most recent book is called "showdown: the inside story of how obama fought back against boehner, cantor and the tea party." is the showdown referring to any specific incident or just politics in general, mr. corn? >> guest: well, kind of both. the week is a we -- the book is a behind the scenes account of what happened in the white house after the november 2010 election when the republicans and the tea party really knocked barack obama for a loop and took control of the house. and then everything that happened after that. the tax cut deal, the big fights over the budget and the debt ceiling and deficit reduction, also the bin laden raid and what happened in egypt and libya. and so i'm looking at how obama made the decisions he made and took, why he took the actions he took in that very perilous time politically, but i also explain how this is all done in a way to set up the 2012 campaign that we just went through. he had a theory after he took that big hit in 2010, he had a theory that he could make the 2012 race a choice not just between him and mitt
, that the president also has to show that he's willing to make a good compromise. and i believe president obama has in fact done that. >> host: how so? >> guest: the president has said and reached out across the aisle on various things with regard to economic reform, tax reform, immigration reform. i think that there's little doubt the president would be willing to compromise if the other party is willing to meet him part of the way. the other party job is to see how much it came at for its side and giving the issues we've been through, such as the fiscal cliff, the fact is there's no way out of these issues without compromise. i do think we will see compromise on something like immigration reform because democrat fixes destiny and the republicans as well as democrats recognize that they have to show some support for immigration reform if they're not going to in the case of republicans, lose the hispanic population permanently to the republican party. so the president has already, i believe, shown willingness to compromise and all that data show that republicans are the party has moved further to t
were told to wait four more years for president obama's second term. women brought their issues to the president, the comprehensive immigration reform and the governments are bringing their issues to the president. we are not bringing our issues. martin luther king's issue. >> guest: who is stopping us? it's one thing to say president obama is not responding but what are we doing to put the issue so that we have to respond? to me we are not using that leverage. everyone knows that it's the black vote. the latino vote but it was decisive in the last election. when, each of these groups that played a role, that's why in my view when i came here for the inauguration i said the day before the inauguration i give a speech and i said the important day is not tomorrow. we celebrate that. the important days the day after tomorrow. what are we going to do then and for a lot of people they went home and celebrated. >> host: it is a milestone. i never thought i would see a black president. so it is to be we've talked a great deal about the movement and very little about you but i think we
to to show it's dwhra georgia laura. -- [laughter] obama jocks about having a funny name. it was actually a pretty good name to rhyme. unfortunely i used up the rhymes with bin laden, slap your momma. i get worried when they start talking about presidential candidates. i did similar book to this in 2008 called deciding the next decider. along -- we shouldn't be afraid of the word open epic. a poem interrupted by other poems. it's the same sort of book it has prose in it. we call it a for prose. gingrich aware that her husband cheated on and loved two seriously ill lies desperately tries to make light of a bad cough. [laughter] newt things it sounds like ben-gay fever. last time we had good candidates not only for rhyme but just in general. john edwards, i wrote a poem called "yes i know he's a mill worker's son but there's hollywood in that hair." or sarah palin, of course, for whom i wrote her version of the barbara stray sand classic "on a clear day i see --." [laughter] and this time when they -- and in 2008 when they started talking about candidates, it seems impossible to believe now
about president obama's inaugural speech. this is about 40 minutes. >> president obama may have been vague on details in his inaugural speech on monday that i will give him this. he couldn't have been clearer about the tone and the direction that he has in mind for the second term. gone is the post-partisan rhetoric that propelled him across the national stage and into the white house. he unabashedly bureaucratic control and centralized power here in washington. on monday we saw a president and a party that appear to have shifted in reverse and jammed on the gas. for democrats in the obama age, the era of big government being over is officially over. and anybody disagrees with their approach isn't just wrong. they are not just standing in the way of progress, that they are malevolent. there are the bad guys. they're the ones who want to take food away from children. they want the old and the infirm to suffer. they want to choose between caring for the people who built this country and as the president put it on monday and investing in those who will build our future. i don't know if
and led to catastrophic property loss. president obama declared them national disasters, and he actually came to colorado, joined me and the rest of the delegation to visit the scenes of destruction where over 300 homes were destroyed in colorado's second largest city. that is colorado springs. the initial impact and those initial scenes could pale in comparison to the threats these communities will face in the coming days, months and years. why is that so, mr. president? well, because once a mountain side is stripped of all its trees and foliage and the soil is burned down to bedrock there is nothing left to hold back the water and debris as it races downhill towards our communities in its path. without rehabilitation and restoration, the watersheds that provide municipal water are at risk from land side and erosion. in turn that could result in serious infrastructure damage, water supply destruction and even loss of life. stabilizing and protecting these communities' watersheds is simply the right thing to do. moreover -- and this is important -- taking action now is also fiscally resp
on retreat on fiscal policy. president obama has consistently said his refused to negotiate. his strategy is indicated republicans are backed up their threats to take the nation into default. the president spared on republicans. they blinked because they realized they didn't have the leverage they thought they would. this is the president's second big victory in a row coming after the new year's eve agreement that ended bush tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of americans. gambling was the fault was never a sound plan. substantively we all know, markets now, this is though, americans know as playing with fire. politically it was a loser as well. americans had a bad taste in the mouth that could join christ in 2011. poll showed that the republicans back then it would have the him even more so. in recent weeks many conservative opinion makers have been warning republicans this is a losing fight. even senator cornyn was getting cold feet last week about the idea after initially sounding bullish about it. the house republican proposals a major concession in two ways. it takes the mere threat of
of for that. >> that "from obama within an added boarding california races that as a result of captain trade gasoline necessarily skyrockets. that has been recycled. he was being honest. you're going to have to go out if you put a price of carbon. that has come back to bite him over and over. on subsidies, let's talk about that. obviously has a distain. very clear in the book for the crutch every noble's need to be economic. exxon mobile as the company seems to loathe any kind of questions. >> they want them for their own. >> right. the huge debate right now. the president is pushing to end tax breaks that all companies have enjoyed. they make these enormous profits. they continue to happen. did that come up? kind of pointing out a little bit of hypocrisy at think. >> well, i felt stalemated around that question. i still feel like i don't quite know what to think about it. basically there are some tax breaks that oil companies alone get through interpreting appeals about how the oil industry in specific. most of these allowances are manufacturing allowances. they just happen to be manufactur
people were told to wait four more years for president obama's second term for him to act. and women brought the issues to the present. days have brought their issues. we want comprehensive immigration reform. other governments are bring their issues to our president. we are not bringing our issues. martin took his issue to -- >> guest: who is stopping them? it's one thing to say, president obama is not responding. >> host: but what are we doing? >> guest: what are we doing to put the issue so that he has to respond? and to me, if you're not using that leverage, everyone knows that the black vote, latino vote, that it was decisive in the last election, women. each of these groups who played a role in electing him, that's why, in my view, when i came there for the inauguration, i said, and the day before the inauguration i did a speech to the morehouse alums who came, and i said the important date is not tomorrow. we celebrate that is the important date is the day after tomorrow. what are we going to do them? and for a lot of people -- >> host: celebrate it. >> guest: for the next fou
obama nominated in the u.s. senate confirmed sonia sotomayor as a 111th justice of the u.s. supreme court. io give you sonia sotomayor. [cheers and applause] [cheers and applause] spee net after a guide to washington in 2009, i net to a whole bunch of texans from everywhere in this large state. and i have been repeatedly invited to visit. and when you get a new job you are a little busy? so i have not been able to come. but it is a tribute to the warmth of the people that has been confirmed in a few hours i have been here already. that this is the third city on my tour. first washington now my home and the home of my heart comedy york and i've been back and forth a lot between the two as you see on television. [laughter] this is my first trip outside. i am delighted this is my first trip to texas and that i am here in houston. [applause] >> i wanted to visit more than one city and i am going to austin but i cannot visit every place i want to. stuff of a day job and there may have a few days to visit cities to provoke -- promote my book i made a promise on television but i will be b
. elisabeth. >> can you talk about about president obama's big moment in your discussions and how much he was involved? >> marty and i had the opportunity to meet with the president usually every week depending on his schedule to go over issues and over the past year, i've regularly briefed the president on this issue we had open up two positions and providing even more opportunities and he was very supportive. if i occurred, he was supportive and always encouraged us to ensure everything we did at the force better and insured readiness. he is alert to the fact that the end of the day the armed forces has to be ready. >> earlier, you said it was or is traveling around -- >> that's correct. >> while, at the cia, i can tell you we are at a point where close to 50% of the people working there. so it was for me really reassuring to see young men and women were equally dedicated to the intelligence services in coming to the army have been the opportunity to see that firsthand was again something that for me was a very special experience because i thought, you know, america stands for giving yo
issues. martin took his issue -- >> guest: who is stopping us? it's one thing to say president obama is not responding. about what are we doing to put the issue so that he has to respond. if you're not using that leverage everyone knows is the black vote, the latino vote that is decisive in the last election when men come each of these groups that played a role in our e electing him, that's why in my view when i came here for the inauguration i said the day before the inauguration i gave a speech and i said the important day is not tomorrow. we celebrate now. the important days the day after tomorrow. what are we going to do then? for a lot of people they went home in a celebrated. >> host: it is a milestone. i never thought i would see a black president. we talked very little about you but i think we are getting to know you hearing your comments. you edited dr. king's papers. there are people is in boston university where you went to school and other papers. how are the papers you edited different? what did you find? >> guest: the peepers i'm editing, the papers at boston, the peepe
on the senate floor, then senator obama announced he intended to vote no on the debt ceiling increase. he went on to say, i quote, to oppose the africa i post the other to increase america's debt limit. we now depend on outgoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our governments reckless fiscal policies over the past five years, our federal debt has increased by three and a half trillion dollars, to $8.6 trillion. would love to have those numbers today. since then we now have a $16.4 trillion debt, nearly doubled in six years. in fact, since this president has become president, 2009, he has added more than, more than four times, more than 4 trillion, more debt in four years, excuse me, than the previous president did in eight. so to the forget, quick question. was the president right? is this a failure of leadership? is there a better direction? >> i certainly think he was right that we ought and to continue to run the store based on borrowing. there's a lot of ways you can pay your debts. and they don't all conclude -- >> but since he made that speech it's gotten worse. he
obama nominated and the u.s. senate confirmed sonia sotomayor as the 111th justice of the u.s. supreme court. i give few sonia sotomayor.o [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] [applause] >> after i got to washington in 2009, i met a whole bunch of texans from everywhere in this large state and i have been repeatedly invited to visit, and you know when you get a new job you are a little bit -- so i haven't been able to come. but its attribute to the warmth of the people i met that have been confirmed in a few hours that i have been here already. this is the third city on my tour. i was first in washington, my new home. i went back to the home of my heart, new york, over the weekend as you saw on television i was back and forth a lot during the hearings. [laughter] this is my first trip outside. i am delighted this is my first trip to texas. and that i am here in houston. [applause] i wanted to visit more than one city and i am going to austin but i can't visit every place i want to. i still have a day job and i only have a few days to visit cities and promote my book. but i made
and that comment along with comments like barack obama where he talks about people in pennsylvania planning on to guns and religion as a crutch. that is a level of elite is some perhaps and a perspective that is out of touch with a lot of americans and middle americans, and i think that those policies and people that have embraced them have led to a party that is further to the left and it's not a party of john f. kennedy treen >> anybody else? going once, going twice. >> thank you. [applause] >>> and >> good morning. good morning. thank you. i moved up my flight, and i'm going to dash off to the airport right after, literally right after i spend about ten minutes here reading. i'm going to read something short on the theory that less is more which is what i try to tell my students and speaking of them i'm hurtling back to philadelphia we have to hold office hours with a little brats to sleep well although my wife and i say that we haven't slept well since the jimmy carter administration. thank you so much. and as just said, holding out, you holding us up, that is the key. and i bet i won't
, senator barack obama was sitting in the room. he was committed to it as a senator and is still today. in all fairness, president george w. bush was outspoken in his support for immigration reform from the beginning. so i think we have clear presidential support. we have conversation last night with the president and featured he cheered us on anything with a sense of urgency. let's not let this all fall behind. >> he made it very clear that the major priority would be to move this forward in time is of the essence. well, we are moving forward and time is of the essence. >> [inaudible question] >> those details will involve a lot from these numbers it's the reason why i signed onto this and a very straightforward principle. it says we have to modernize our legal immigration system and we have to have a real enforcement mechanism to make sure that we are not here again in the future and we have to deal a way that is responsible and humane. we need to meet certain benchmarks and have access to the regular opportunity anyone else in the world would have. once you have that, you are three
, we'll change. i was campaigning or for president obama in seattle and was with a amazing supportive housing organization there that showed they had 23 the homeless people that they looked at their medical expenses, um, for the year before they came into their supportive housing and the year after. 23 people, today saved their local hospital a million dollars in medical expenses, buzz away -- because we all know it's far or more expensive to leave somebody especially if they have a mental health issue, it's far more expensive to lee -- to leave them on the street. i went to visit some of the residents. i met one man who now was with teaching people about cooking and making contributions. so we have a backwards way of thinking about this. this is why i think our criminal justice system in america is the most -- if you're a republican, that should be your biggest cause to go after, because it's big, wasteful government that doesn't need to be that way if we were empowering people to succeed on the front end. >> mayor, we're going to make you late, so i'm going to offer one thought befo
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